Marlins Way: Team Hopes 2014 Better Than 2013

Sep 11, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is seen in front of Marlins dugout after they defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-2 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The year 2013 is almost over, and for owner Jeffery Loria and his Miami Marlins, there could be no better news. In 2013, the Marlins lost 100 games, faced criticism for their latest fire sale, and Loria tried his best to steal the most meddlesome owner in sports from Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones.

Hopefully in 2014 the Marlins can field a more competitive team, one that does not lose anywhere near 100 games. The hope for the fans is that Loria lets his baseball people work out everything behind the scenes and all Loria does is sign the checks.

We are just 6 days away from 2014, what are your expectations from the Marlins in the new year? Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Charles Johnson, Christian Yelich, Garrett Jones, Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins

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